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Michael Nobbs bats for Indian coach till Rio Olympics

Former India chief coach believes the country's hockey team will be better served in appointing an Indian to be at the helm of the national side

Former India hockey coach Michael Nobbs believes India will be better served by appointing an Indian as their chief hockey coach until the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Michael Nobbs talks to reporters at MHA-Mahindra Stadium yesterday
Michael Nobbs talks to reporters at MHA-Mahindra Stadium yesterday 

The Australian's comments come in the wake of reports claiming Dutch greats, Hans Jorritsma and Maurits Hendriks, are frontrunners to replace Terry Walsh.

A suggestion
"India have already qualified for the Rio Games. It is my suggestion that HI should have an Indian as the coach though I am not sure if they will agree to it. The real key are the players," said Nobbs, who added that India could win a medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

On being asked which Indian he believed was capable enough to take over the reins of Indian hockey, he said: "You have Cedric D'Souza, MK Kaushik, Harendra Singh, Jude Felix and many more. Harendra is now an FIH-recognised coach. You have to be optimistic and go forward."

Nobbs, who was talking to reporters on the sidelines of a six-a-side exhibition match between Dabang Mumbai and Mumbai Police at the MHA-Mahindra Stadium yesterday, said that he wasn't looking at taking up coaching assignments in the country.

No India coaching hopes
"Last time's experience nearly killed me. I would rather sit on the sidelines and watch it. It's a young person's game and you need a young coach," said Nobbs, who is on a visit to India on behalf of an Australian company that produces wet and dry artificial hockey turfs.

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